The Law Society Art Group’s annual show opens in the Reading Room, Chancery Lane on 10 January. This year’s judge is renowned portrait and landscape painter Tai-Shan Schierenberg.

Schierenberg is no stranger to legal subjects. When he won the National Portrait Gallery’s John Player Portrait Award two years after graduating from the Slade, the NPG commissioned him to paint a portrait of Sir John ‘Rumpole’ Mortimer. Another of Schierenberg’s subjects was Lord Justice Fulford, who sat wearing a blue T-shirt.

The Art Group was founded 57 years ago, and on past form, Schierenberg will pick winners from a selection of paintings, drawings and sculpture – some from Art Group trips, others created at the artist/lawyers’ leisure. The group’s new chair Pey Kan Su reports a pleasing increase in membership in recent years.

(Pictured above is Gerald Bate’s Horses for your Pleasure, which will be showing)